Workplace Gender Equality

Workplace Gender Equality

November 2021
Recommendations made to the Federal Government review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012) include:
  • The WGEA to have greater powers to enforce gender equality via a combination of naming and shaming and greater penalties for continued non compliance.
  • The definition of relevant employers to be extended to include Higher Education providers who are excluded from mandatory reporting.
  • Gender pay gap data to be made transparent to allow prospective and current employees to review how organisations are addressing (or not) the gender pay gap.
  • The WGEA include capacity to report on disability and cultural diversity in its mandatory reporting to enable greater focus on improving workforce participation and access to leadership and board roles for people identifying as such.
  • Support for the use of Single Touch Payroll and other innovations at ATO and Government level to reduce the regulatory burden on employers.
  • Minimum standards to apply to all reporting employers to enable longitudinal evidence to assess improvements.
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